The IIT Madras Student Satellite Project was initiated by a group of students who were inspired with an idea of building a small satellite and launching it into orbit. Their wish is to make a meaningful contribution to science and technology, and to learn in the process.
The students’ desire to learn beyond the boundaries of their classrooms is being fostered by members of faculty from various departments of IIT Madras.
The project’s vision is to inculcate the spirit of science and technology in the minds of young scientists and engineers, and unleash the potential that rests in them. It hopes to inspire them to have the confidence to take up challenging tasks and work towards it collectively.
On a national level, the project aims to advance the partnership between IIT Madras and other universities with ISRO in space research and technology development.
The project’s scientific goal is to study the energy spectrum of charged particles in the upper ionosphere and understand the effects of solar storms, lightning storms and seismic activity.
With a unique particle detector design, which aim’s to measure the energies of particles with almost relativistic velocities, the project aims to demonstrate cost-effective development of a nano-satellite constellation capable of making simultaneous particle measurements in the future.